Tools and resources

I believe in leveraging the tools and technologies available, while the brute force method can work, I would rather leave the heavy lifting to tools, and spend my effort on other things. Here are tools and resources I find useful.

Sharing data in repositories

An increasing number of journals encourage researchers to share their data, for a variety of reasons. In years past, it was common to have to write to the authors asking for access or supplementary statistics; making your data available, ensures more have access to...

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Using SVG files

Presenting research visually can greatly help people grasp complex ideas. Creating the visuals can take a lot of effort and creativity, it is a shame when the finished product is consequently compressed when published or shown; as is the case for most network maps....

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Likert scale.. wording

While most instruments have a clear scale, some do not actually give the full range of wording. In cases when you want to modify a scale somewhat, it can be even more tricky. Rather than work out wordings, I found a useful PDF, written by Sorrel Brown at Iowa State...

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Writing suggestions for Msc. students

Writing suggestions for Msc. students

I have corrected student assignments for some years, and want to share some suggestions which could help lift the quality of the responses. While the examples I use are largely taken from a course in business ethics I have been involved in, these suggestions can be...

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What topics does your favorite journal publish?

What topics does your favorite journal publish?

Another day, another use for bibliometric analysis. I was recently at a conference where the editor of AMJ strongly recommended to read the mission statement of a journal before submitting; hitting the target is key to get it considered, and published. There is no...

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How to review for a journal

How to review for a journal

Reviewing for the first time us daunting.. bit is a great learning opportunity and is part of the research life. Learning how to do so as constructively as possible is worthwhile. Here are some resources. This one gives some attitudes to have, structure to consider...

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Concept clarity

Not read the article in full yet, though this article on concept clarity strikes a chord, having read a lot of articles where concepts change, and are mixed from one article to the next. Believe it is worth studying before writing up my next paper. :)...

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Resources for structuring and writing

A good structure can help the reader understand the content of a paper. Well written text also. Here are some resources that help to this end. Ten simple rules for structuring papers Brett Mensh, Konrad Kording Published: September 28, 2017...

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Bibliometric review

Bibliometric review

NOTE: this post is very much under development, and is largely just notes for myself.  What is a bibliographic reveiw? An effective way to synthesize a large body of research, using quantitative analysis, with network logic underpinning much of it. What types of...

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Nvivo for litterature review

This post is a work in progress, as I try using Nvivo to get a systematic overview of my field of study; and where I store links and resources I have found useful. A complete post will follow when I have a conclusion (of whether to stop, or go on :)) It might be...

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Advice for novice (and not so novice) teachers

One of my all time favorite MOOCs was taught by Paul Bloom, on the topic of Moral Psychology. He has also written several books, such as "Against Empathy". Via Twitter today, he shared some advice for those who are about to start teaching; as they were shared through...

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Better writing by large and small cuts

Better writing by large and small cuts

Giants in the field of how to write well recommend brutal editing of ones own text; often said as: "murder your darlings". The advice is sound. A rule of thumb may be that one should have half the words left of the original draft. Some key points: Cut any parts that...

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Kindle: different uses and Oasis vs. Paper White

Kindle: different uses and Oasis vs. Paper White

I first tried an e-reader in 2010, when I got a Kindle Fire. I hated it, and gave it to my nephew so he could use it to play games. I had to get an e-book for my research, so decided to try the Kindle Paper White; a black and white, e-ink reader. I loved it. Easy to...

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Sources for graphics: lift your presentations

Good graphics can lift a presentation; however, not always easy to find. While there are several great commercial sites, there are also some that offer free stock graphics and photos. These include: http://www.freepik.com/   You can also search Flickr; but then...

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Scrivener … a better way to write

Scrivener … a better way to write

Microsoft word dominates the world of word processing. Completely. However, this does not mean it is the only, or the best for every task that requires writing. When asked what tools he used, Dan Ariely strongly recommended Scrivener, where one can easily organize,...

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Reference managers: Endnote or Mendeley?

Reference managers: Endnote or Mendeley?

I have used Evernote for a while, so know it to a certain extent. Being at the very start of my PhD run, I want to start building a new library as effectively as possible. Both these two tools seem to offer similar features, such as dragging and dropping PDF's into...

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